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review 2017-04-30 15:28
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

This is such an awesome book! I loved it! It's funny and cute and cynical and it's great. I really liked Simon's narration. It is very casual and feels so natural. It is easy to get to know Simon and really identify with his emotions as he tries to deal with high school issues such as friend feuds, coming out, and of course being blackmailed. The characters felt very real, just flawed enough to make them realistic, but still likeable. I really liked how different Simon's relationships are with various people: Alice, Nora, his parents, Leah, Nick, Martin, Abby, Blue. Simon felt like such a three-dimensional character and I really enjoyed reading his point of view. I'm not super into romantic books, but this one was flipping cute. The last few chapters- I can't even. Just beyond adorable. Those e-mails were so cute, and it was really cool to be able to watch Simon and Blue fall in love. And even when the plot wasn't really exciting, the narration was interesting, which made me want to keep reading. I really liked Simon's character. This is a great book. I highly recommend.

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review 2017-04-19 17:04
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

This has been a book I've been meaning to read since its publication date. So many people have talked about how it's such an amazing book about LGBTQIAP+ characters and their struggles being in a high school environment. And I've wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Well, I finally read it and I have to say that it is a very good book indeed!


The writing is so refreshing. Albertalli writes in a way that most teens write/talk. I enjoyed her writing style quite a bit. It's a fun style. It's easy to read through. In fact, I read this book in one sitting. I don't think it's anything mind-blowing, but that's not what Albertalli was aiming for. She was trying to capture the essence of what it is to be a teenager and I think she succeeded fairly well. My one complaint about her writing was whenever she talked about Tumblr. If you have a Tumblr, you know that it's main focus/use is for people to connect with their fandoms. However, within the story, Albertalli uses it more as a tool for gossip... which is an aspect that is used on FaceBook, not Tumblr. Also, Tumblr users don't tend to say "I saw it on the Tumblr." We just say Tumblr. It came off as someone who has heard of Tumblr but never really used it. You know "trying to be hip with the kids" and all that. It was not necessary and felt completely forced.


The story itself is quite entertaining. Simon, main character, is closeted and talks to this other boy, nicknamed Blue, about what he's feeling and going through as a gay teen. However, another boy, Martin, finds out about Simon being gay and uses it to blackmail Simon into helping him woo Simon's friend, Abby, and the story goes on from there. It's filled with drama, rivalries, angst, and the like. It's a great contemporary novel about high school life and struggling with sexuality. I also love this novel for not being completely bleak either. That's not to say Simon doesn't deal with some turmoil; there's a bit of that, too. But I like that it's not all tragic. I am sick and tired of reading LGBTQIAP+ fiction and it always ending in tragedies. Queer people are not tragedies waiting to have for heterosexuals entertainment. And I feel that this book understood that and actually gave hope and happiness for the characters, which is something I appreciate tremendously.


Now let's talk about the characters! Simon is our lead and he's trying to figure out who he is whilst trying not to change in a constantly changing world. I like him. He's fun and energetic if a bit stupid. No, seriously... he's dumb. Throughout the entire novel, he was trying to figure out the true identity of Blue and it took him until the end of the book to figure it out. The reader is able to figure it out before the half-way mark of the novel so it was just his own stupidity, really, that he couldn't figure it out. Also, there's a thing that happens in the end that involves a T-shirt that I couldn't help but roll my eyes at. I mean, really, Simon? You didn't check the bloody shirt for two weeks? If you read the book, you know what I mean. Anyway, he's a good kid. He's just a little dumb.


Martin is a douche. He does so many unspeakable things for no other reason than jealousy. He's a very shallow character who is self-entitled and annoys the crap out of me. Abby is cool. She's a character that was very sweet and loving and I adore how she doesn't judge anyone. She is my favorite character by far. Leah is Simon's other friend and I love that she likes anime/manga. The one thing about her character that I don't like was how she was always treating Abby so coldly because, you guessed it, of jealously. Why is it that female characters can't be friends with each other? And yeah, there are other female characters in the book that are awesome, too, but the main ones are Abby and Leah, and Leah spends the entire book hating on Abby. This trend where females are always at each other's throats because of some GUY really needs to end. Women are more than bratty, bitchy characters fighting over men. Please write better female characters! DX


Overall, I did enjoy this book. I had problems with how Simon acted and how the women were sometimes portrayed, but other than that, it was a fun book. I love how Albertalli called out how wrong it is for people to consider being white and straight as the default to all. She did have interracial couples within the book and she had more than two gay characters. So it's a pretty solid read despite what I stated previously. I do see potential for this author to grow and be even more inclusive. So if you're looking for a fun light read about teenagers in high school, then give this a shot. I think you might like it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-09 15:03
Nur Drei Worte // Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda !!!
Nur drei Worte - Becky Albertalli,Ingo Herzke

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

German and english review


Das war eindeutig eins der Bücher, von denen man so viel letztes Jahr gehört hat, egal welchem Booktuber oder Buchblogger man folgt. Es war überall. Ich hatte es dann bei NetGalley gefunden aber bin ewig nicht dazu gekommen es zu lesen. Aber jetzt hat es endlich geklappt und ich bin wirklich so happy.


Kleine Inhaltsangabe:

Was Simon über Blue weiß: Er ist witzig, sehr weise, aber auch ein bisschen schüchtern. Und ganz schön verwirrend. Was Simon nicht über Blue weiß: WER er ist. Die beiden gehen auf dieselbe Schule und schon seit Monaten tauschen sie E-Mails aus, in denen sie sich die intimsten Dinge gestehen. Simon spürt, dass er sich langsam, aber sicher in Blue verliebt, doch der ist noch nicht bereit, sich mit Simon zu treffen. Dann fällt eine der E-Mails in falsche Hände – und plötzlich steht Simons Leben Kopf. (x)


Der Schreibstil war unheimlich schön, so lustig, leicht und locker. Die Emails zwischen drinnen, fand ich super, weil ich einfach alles mag, was ein bisschen anders als einfacher Text geschrieben ist.


Die Charaktere und ihre Beziehungen. Ich liebe LIEBE Simon als Hauptcharakter. Er ist einfach so richtig klasse und ich mag seine Art von Humor. Ich fand seine Gruppe von Freunden unheimlich klasse, Nick, Abby und Leah. Und mochte auch die Beziehung zwischen den Vieren, es war nicht immer einfach aber wirklich total schön. Und dann Simon's Familie. Sie sind oftmals total über das Ziel hinausgeschossen aber ich fand sie alle total liebenswert. Und Blue. BLUE. Ich werde seinen richtigen Namen in der Bewertung nicht schreiben, einfach um Spoiler zu vermeiden. Ich fand ihn so klasse, in den Emails (kein Wunder, dass sich Simon in ihn verliebt hat) und dann als wir ihn richtig kennenlernen konnten und ein Gesicht zu den Worten hatten. Ich bin so glücklich, dass er es war und find die beiden einfach nur super süß zusammen. Übrigens hätte ich absolut nichts gegen ein Buch, dass uns die Geschichte aus der Sicht von Blue erzählt, wollte ich unbedingt mal erwähnen.

Den einzigen, den ich absolut nicht mochte, war Martin. Seine Entschuldigungsemail war mir da zum Ende wirklich einfach egal, denn er war mir einfach so total unsympathisch und was er gemacht hat, das macht man einfach nicht. Nope.


Das Ende kam ein bisschen überraschend für mich, nicht von der Story her, sondern eher, dass ich gerade mal bei um die 80% war und auf einmal die Danksagung kam. Ich hätte noch so gerne ein bisschen mehr von Simon und Blue gelesen.


Aber alles im Allen, wirklich ein absolutes 5 Sterne Buch für mich. Bin super gespannt auf andere Bücher der Autorin.




That has been one of the books that you couldn't get past last year, no matter what type of booktuber or bookblogger you follow. It was everywhere. I found it on Netgalley but never really found the right time to start it. But now I did and I'm so happy about it.



Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. (x)


The writing was just so great, so funny, easy and fluffy. The emails in between, loved it, I'm just a sucker for everything that is a bit different from normal text.


The characters and their relationships. I love LOVE Simon as a maincharacter. He is so amazing and I love his sense of humor. I thought his group of friends were amazing, Nick, Abby and Leah. I loved the relationship between these four, even though it wasn't always perfect, it was beautiful and real. And Simon's family. They were a bit over the top sometimes but they were so loveable. And Blue. BLUE. I won't mention his real name in the review, just to avoid spoilers. I loved him, in his emails (no wonder, Simon fell for him) and then when we actually got to meet him and put a face to his words. I'm so happy that it turned out to be him and the two of them were just so freaking cute together. I would love a book from Blue's point of view, just saying.

The only one I didn't like at all, was Martin. His apology email did nothing for me and at that point I didn't even care, he was just so unlikeable and what he did, you just don't do crap like that. Nope.


The ending came as a bit of a surprise, not because of the story but because I was only at like 80% and suddenly there was the author saying her thanks to all the people involved. I wasn't ready, I wanted some more Simon and Blue.


But overall, the book is a total 5 star book for me. I'm so excited to read more books by the author.

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review 2016-10-26 00:00
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli This was the most aww worthy little YA novel I've read in a long ass while. I would have loved this when I was sixteen, but it was still pretty adorable at twenty nine.
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review 2016-08-21 15:20
#CBR8 Book 91: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier, middle child in a very close-knit family is sixteen years old and gay. Not that anyone but his pen pal Blue knows this, until class clown Martin looks over his shoulder at the library and discovers his secret. Simon suddenly finds himself blackmailed. Help Martin get a chance with his friend Abby, or Martin outs Simon to the whole school. This might also mean that Blue's identity is in some way compromised. Simon doesn't want to help Martin, but feels he doesn't have any other choice. 


Simon doesn't really do drama, except in the sense of being part of the school musical. The fact that there are tensions among his life-long friends after Abby was added to the mix, and he's slowly falling more for Blue, who he's falling for, even though he doesn't know which of the boys in school it is, means Simon's life is becoming a lot more eventful and constantly pushes him out of his comfort zone. Will Simon continue to let Martin blackmail him? Will his friends Nick and Leah adjust to the fact that Nick is in love with Abby? Will Simon ever discover the true identity of Blue, and do they have a chance as a couple if he does?


Once again, I'm not the first of the Cannonballers to review this, and I'd also seen it very favourably written-up over on Forever Young Adult. I liked this book a lot, but I didn't absolutely love it, which I've seen some people out there do. The blackmail aspect really did make me uncomfortable, especially after SPOILER! Martin actually goes through with the threat of outing Simon on the high school Tumblr blog after it becomes obvious that Simon is never going to be able to make Abby really notice him (super d*ck move, Martin). I felt so awful for Simon and because I have been lucky enough to grow up cis-gendered, white and heteronormative, if severely geeky and a most definitely on the social outskirts, I never needed to worry about hiding parts of who I am/was. Simon and Blue discuss coming out at some length in their e-mails and the fact that Simon didn't get to choose when and how he told his family, friends and the rest of the world made me so upset. 


When I read books like this, I hope that adolescents and teens today are aware of how incredibly lucky they are. I know that lack of representation and diversity is still a big problem in literature in general, but at least there is more of it out there than when I was a teen. There is such a vast variety of genres and so many topics being discussed, nothing like the fairly dour socially lecturing fare I grew up with, where everything written for teens seemed to be warning them off drugs, eating disorders, teenage pregnancy or HIV/AIDS. There wasn't really fantasy and sci-fi written specifically for teens. There certainly wasn't all these great books about contemporary teenagers and the issues they go through, which may seem trivial to many adults (like romance, most favoured genre of my heart, the YA category (it's NOT just one genre) is so often derised by literary snobs. 


This was not one of the books in the Cannonball YA poll for the upcoming book club (because too many people had recently reviewed it, I think). It's still highly recommended to anyone who's looking for more contemporary YA to check out, where there isn't a chosen one fighting a dystopian regime or trying to single-handedly conquer a fantasy kingdom or something, but just trying to get by in their hormone-fuelled daily existence and trying to survive until adulthood. As far as I'm aware, this is Becky Albertalli's first novel, but I've already added her next book (out in April 2017) to my TBR list, because she is clearly one to watch.


Judging a book by its cover: I don't entirely know what I think about this cover. I can see why you'd want the headless body, so the reader can more easily insert their image of the character, but it also looks a bit creepy. Red is a nice, bright and noticeable background colour, though, and it would stand out if placed face forward on a shelf.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/08/cbr8-book-91-simon-vs-homo-sapiens.html
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